Malaga actor Antonio Banderas sees his chances of an Oscar rise as yet more success has come his way this week. On Saturday he was named Best European Actor at the European Film Academy awards in Berlin, and on Monday he learned that he had been nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for a Golden Globe.
The performance that has taken him this far, and could even take him as far as the Oscars, is his role in Pain and Glory, Pedro Almodóvar's quasi-autobiographical movie.
The film has not stopped reaping in international praise since it premiered in Cannes, where Banderas also picked up the Best Actor award.
On Saturday the actor accepted his prize from the European Film Academy by videoconference from Malaga, where he is currently starring in the musical A Chorus Line at his own new theatre project.
"Almodóvar, whom I've known for 40 years, has been a miracle in my life, I respect him and love him," said Banderas in his message.
Almodóvar will be accompanying the actor at the Golden Globes gala in Los Angeles on 6 January, as Pain and Glory also competes in the Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language category.
For the award Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama, Banderas faces fierce competition from fellow nominees, Christian Bale (Ford v Ferrari), Adam Driver (Marriage Story), Joaquin Phoenix (Joker) and Jonathon Pryce (The Two Popes).
The Malaga actor however goes to the Globes with heavy support, from the Cannes prize and the European award, to the Hollywood Actor Award, a recognition at the Palm Springs Festival, Goya nominations and being named actor of the year by Time magazine.
In the foreign language film category, Pain and Glory is less strong, up against favourite Parasite from South Korea.